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American Psychiatric Association Reviews

Updated August 17, 2018
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  1. "Progressive association making great impact in psychiatry"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Psychiatric Association full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have worked at APA for about five years and plan to stay for many more. It is truly an association with a focused mission carried out by smart and passionate people. Top-level management did have some issues with regards to transparency and respect for staff. However, the CEO and his executive team were proactive in candidly assessing employee thoughts and have made great strides in addressing the root of these issues. I feel valued as a team member and it's very rewarding to see the direct impact of my efforts on the field of psychiatry and mental health advocacy and treatment. The new office in DC is also bright and well-equipped, and makes it much easier to come into work everyday.

    If you are motivated and capable, there is a lot of room for growth at APA. Leadership values talent and will do what they can to retain you and support your career goals.

    Cons

    It is a complex operation with MANY moving parts, and at times it may feel difficult to see how they fit together and complement each other.


  2. "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Psychiatric Association full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    New, bright office space, important work that makes a difference (and plenty of it), fun co-workers, appreciative membership. Good benefits and management is willing to listen to suggestions on improving them.

    Cons

    Weekend work and many meetings in the summer making vacations difficult to schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that only those absolutely necessary to a meeting go to it, and have meetings only when there is important information to discuss. Overall, morale and work-life balance are improving and management is trying hard to make APA a really good place to work.

  3. "Great place to work compared to other associations"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Psychiatric Association full-time

    Pros

    *Great experience in the mental health field
    *Compassionate nature in the work
    *Many skills-building opportunities
    *Abilities to travel
    *Great benefits package

    Cons

    *Expectation to work over 40 hours per week


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not a place to work... Leadership is not transparent and go against their own workplace policies. Terrible culture."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Psychiatric Association full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It used to be a wonderful place to work, new management has created a toxic culture in many divisions.

    Cons

    No open dialogue or communication. Management is completely out of touch with the culture they are breeding. Laying off many long time employees that have dedicated much of their life to an orgainzatino they loved.

    Advice to Management

    Do a climate survey and understand how bad their actions have made the culture of the organization. Look at APAs policies as to how to manage change and treat employees with respect. There is not open communication or a way for employees to voice concern.


  5. "A solid association getting better"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Communications in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Psychiatric Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mission driven organization, a good deal of freedom and flexibility to innovate

    Cons

    Many competing priorities because of the member-centric nature

    Advice to Management

    Focus on a smaller set of priorities and communicate them broadly


  6. "Love it."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Psychiatric Association full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work is interesting and the member appreciation is gratifying.

    Cons

    Recent move and increased commute.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to say right now.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Many unhappy about office culture, low morale"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Psychiatric Association full-time

    Pros

    - near Rosslyn Metro
    - new offices at the Wharf in 2018
    - some great individuals to work with
    - department culture can help insulate from *some* of the organizational issues. Staff members with great department leadership enjoy coming to work. Negativity comes from outside department.
    - mental health and psychiatry are very important -- opportunity to be a great organization to work for

    Cons

    - lots of people are very unhappy about office culture, low morale. Lots of people leaving because of this.
    - budget cuts, no raises for regular staff, but rumors of excessive spending for other things like senior staff salaries
    - monotonous work
    - leadership not very open to new ideas or different perspectives
    - micromanagement
    - lack of understanding and respect for what individuals bring to the organization
    - people start and leave within months

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Lots of talk about making it a better workplace, but it doesn't seem likely to happen with current effort. Outside counsel is sorely needed.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Mental health awareness & education

    Cons

    Leadership is ruthless & treat staff horribly

    Advice to Management

    Create a better work environment


  9. Helpful (2)

    "APA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Psychiatric Association full-time

    Pros

    Employees should never be bored

    Cons

    Management is disengaged from staff


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Terrible Leadership from CEO and a few underlings"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Psychiatric Association full-time

    Pros

    Mental health issues are important - too bad yours is sacrificed.

    Cons

    Very little work life balance. The CEO has no idea how to run an organizations, and he is destroying the reputation of the APA. He micromanages chiefs and others under his purview. He is constantly focusing on the wrong details, and he has NO trust in over 75% of his leadership. Such distrust results in a culture of chiefs fighting for his approval. Only a few of the departments are led by competent chiefs who are not interested in TURF battles. A couple of chiefs should not even be in their positions - as they lack the requisite education needed to head up their department. A few positive reviews are from certain underlings who try to beef up the organizational score.

    The only saving grace is that APA pays a little more than other medical specialty associations. However, the pay is not worth the discouraging culture in the organization which results in the high turnover in staff. Many of those in the organization are looking to jump ship.

    They recently let go a large number of staff, but yet the CEO still has an inflated budget and CEO suite staff. The APA will never improve until they remove him and a couple of chiefs. He is quick to take credit for good work of others, and is quick to move out of the way once the **** hits the fan.

    Run.

    Advice to Management

    Inform the Board or anyone who can help get rid of the CEO and certain leadership. Learn to motivate and encourage staff. Get a new head or the organization who does not need to work on his own ego and other issues through abuse of staff and distrust.


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